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Newsletter. Issue 08  April 11, 2015


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Charity Goes Viral
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:00:00 EST

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Often, it starts with a tragedy, illness, or fueling an ambition. Then it goes viral, raising thousands of dollars for someone in need or for a particular cause. This is the new world of direct giving. But as we see more personal crowdfunding, questions are raised about why we give, how the funds are distributed and what we expect of the role of community and the state in supporting one another. The Agenda takes a look the state of charitable giving in the age of disruptive technology.
Mississauga’s Andrew Andrade is Canada’s best intern
Mar 31, 2015 | Mississauga News | By Joseph Chin

Andrew Andrade takes a breather during a training session with the National University of Singapore fencing team.

MISSISSAUGA – A graduate of Port Credit Secondary School is the best intern in Canada.  Andrew Andrade was recently named national co-op student of the year for 2014 by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

Currently a student at University of Waterloo’s school of engineering, he was recognized for co-founding PetroPredict, a startup that uses data analytics to find potential oil and gas leaks that may go undetected for years, during his enterprise co-op work term last year.

The fledgling company has won a pair of top awards at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference, including the inaugural David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge and the Elevator Pitch competition.  Andrade has plowed the money won from startup funding competitions, hackathons and coding competitions, about $95,000 in total, to hire co-op students and fund operating costs of PetroPredict.

Now 22, and about to complete his third/fourth year studies in mechatronics engineering at Waterloo, Andrade is a big booster of co-operative education, which he first got interested in at Port Credit SS after learning about the school’s high skills major program where co-op is a requirement.
Andrade opted to do his internship during the summer in order to focus on academics during the school year.

“I had an amazing placement at Cantech Machine & Tool Co. in Mississauga where I learned the basics of manufacturing on the job,” he recalled. “The co-op position enabled me to follow up working for the company for the next two summers, which gave me the experience to land a summer job at Chrysler, co-op for Suncor (PetroCanada), internship at Facebook and two other startups, research collaborating with MIT along with consulting work.”

Andrade graduated from PCSS’s SciTech and specialist high skill major program in 2011 with the highest-mark award, an alumni scholarship, the Terry Garbut Memorial Award and the vice-principal award. He chose to further his studies at Waterloo, which, in addition to being one of the top engineering schools in Canada, requires all students in engineering to participate in the co-operative work/study program. Co-op education combines formal classroom teaching with “on-the-job” experience, and satisfactory performance in both areas is required for graduation.

Andrade has not forgotten his Port Credit alma mater; as well as doing motivational talks on the value of high-school co-op to students in person, he video-called the school from Facebook’s head office in California to chat about his internship there.

Andrade is currently studying at the National University of Singapore, the top-ranked engineering school in Asia, on a one-semester exchange program.

“It enables me to learn things which I would not be able to back home in Canada,” he said of the experience. “For example, I’m able to take a product development and manufacturing course where the circuit board and product we design is sent for manufacturing in China, take an engineering economic class where we apply the concepts in class to real businesses in the APAC (Asian and Pacific) region, and a data analysis course where we dive and explore the real-life socioeconomic numbers driving Singapore’s growth.

“The global experience gained from the exchange and travelling the Southeast Asian region allowed me to view engineering in ways which I never could with just North American experience,” he added.
How does Andrade juggle his myriad projects?

“Getting (PetroPredict) started and running while still in school was very tough since I also do consulting work on the side and it involved many all-nighters, but overall it enabled me to learn more than just taking courses,” he said.

His stint at Facebook at its Silicon Valley headquarters, where he worked as a manufacturing intern, was particularly memorable.

“The experience was amazing,” he said. “I had the opportunity to travel to data centres and manufacturing sites around the world and meet some of the world’s smartest people. It was really motivating to see how smart and driven everyone can be and I hope to one day reach that level of competence.”

In the future, once he graduates, Andrade hopes to find or create a role where he is able to use data to help make better decisions. He’s particularly interested in artificial intelligence research.

“I envision a world where information technology allows humans and computers to make better decisions and control complex situations without relying on pre-programmed solutions,” he said. “I want to be part of the revolution (that’s) working on some of the world biggest issues such as energy, government, communication, healthcare, education and business services for the developing markets.”

Andrade isn’t letting all the awards go to his head; instead, he sees them primarily as a great source of inspiration.

“Seeing the amazing things done by (other scientists) inspires me to change the world. In the same way, I hope the awards enable younger students to realize that they have resources and support to change the world as well.”
Field Hockey Canada -Men's Senior Development Squad

The Canadian Men's Senior Development Squad (SDS) trains in Vancouver, British Columbia. Athletes train to become a part of the Men's National Team (MNT), yet are evaluated on an ongoing basis and available for international competition if chosen

Some names to watch:

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Culture curry: Easter recipes from all across India
Susan Jose, Hindustan Times, Mumbai| | From: bcsabha.kalina@gmail.com

On Easter, food becomes the highlight of the celebrations after 40 days of fasting. While usually the day is associated with colourful Easter eggs, there are several communities that prepare a special spread with different preparations altogether. Here, we reached out to members of five different communities - east Indians, Goans, Malayalis, north-east Indians and Puducherry Christians - and got each of them share a recipe that is unique to their culture.
* Malayalis
From home-made wines to rice cakes, the Kerala Christian community prepares a wide array of culinary delights on Easter.  Celine Figarado, a homemaker, says, "I prefer soaking the grapes just 10 days before Easter with the right amount of sugar. Some people start the process a few months ahead. Some even add wheat to the solution."

The other popular Easter delicacy in Kerala is Appam With Stew, and making it can really test your patience.

"Make sure you extract coconut milk twice. The first extraction is thicker, so set it aside and use the second one that is watery in consistency to boil the vegetables," she says.

* Puducherry Christians
While many visit Puducherry to see the architecture, if you are in the city for Easter, take time out to try the authentic cuisine prepared by Puducherry Christians.

"Those days I remember as kids we would run to shops to buy Easter eggs, which were hard like stones, because they were made of just sugar. I also remember feasting on Turkey Kurma at my Uncle's place," says 72-year-old Elisabeth Faciolle.

* North-east Indians
Over the years their food traditions have remained untouched.  "We really like our chilli-based food items," says Chequevera Sangma, a Meghalaya native. Moakala Longchar, a Naga food-blogger, says, "In my hometown we prepare Anishi and Pork With Bamboo Shoot for Easter. For dessert, we eat fresh fruits."

* East Indians
This community predominantly comprises Roman Catholics, and has a very distinct cuisine. "For Lent, we abstain from meat. On Easter, we feast on east-Indian delicacies such as Fugias and Duck Moile," says Jude D'Mello, an east-Indian, who grew up in Orlem.

"Easter eggs, buns and vindaloo are some of the dishes that every east-Indian household prepares for Easter," says Giselle Creado, who runs a small-scale food service.

* Goans
Christianity in Goa has Portuguese roots and the Goan cuisine borrows a lot from the European kitchens such as using alcohol to soften meat. "Apart from the usual Easter bread and eggs, we make goan delicacies like Whole Roast Pigling, Chicken Cafreal Roast, Sorpotel, Mutton Xacuti and Prawn Balchao," says Lillian Heppolette, a Goan, who lives in Vasai.

"On returning home from mass, I always look forward to having the Sannas that is made with coconut," says Felix Suarez, a young entrepreneur.
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Japan commissions its biggest military ship
Kyodo | March 26, 2015 4:41 am JST

TOKYO -- The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force's largest ship ever went into service Wednesday, putting additional man- and material-carrying capacity at the ready for island defense and disaster relief.

The 248-meter Izumo, dubbed "a helicopter destroyer," is 25% longer than Japan's Hyuga-class destroyers. It also has a bigger crew -- about 470 members, or 90 more than the other ships.

With its long continuous flight deck, the Izumo can carry nine helicopters, an increase of five. It can also hold about 50 3.5-ton trucks, which will help it carry out joint operations with the Ground SDF.

Built at a cost of about 120 billion yen ($1 billion), the Izumo is based at Yokosuka near here. It will play a coordinating role among other vessels and aircraft, flexing its advanced command and communications capabilities. Once the Ground SDF deploys Osprey vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, they could use the Izumo's flight deck.

Japan has no plans to use the Izumo as an aircraft carrier, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani told reporters. (Nikkei)

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